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Rules against porpoising to be submitted to WMSC this week

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 12: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT03 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem confirmed that the measures against porpoising will be submitted for the approval of the World Motor Sport Council.

The phenomenon of porpoising became one of the biggest challenges for F1 teams this season. After the Azerbaijan GP, the FIA decided to introduce a technical directive aimed at getting rid of porpoising. It will come into effect at the Belgian GP.

Furthermore, the FIA planned changes for the 2023 cars. That included the raising of the floor edges and the underfloor diffuser throat as well as the introduction of more stringent lateral floor deflection tests. However, those measures were criticized by some teams.

After a discussion between Ben Sulayem, F1 drivers, and team principals, the parties reached a consensus. According to, the ride height will have to be raised by 15mm instead of 25mm originally.

“Having discussed the porpoising issue with all 20 F1 drivers and 10 team principals, I’m happy to confirm that we will be submitting updated 2023 technical regulations to the WMSC this week to address this, in addition to the measures already taken for the remainder of this season,” Ben Sulayem said.


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